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Thai navy’s new OPV enters service

3rd October 2019 - 01:32 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok

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A new OPV entered Royal Thai Navy (RTN) service on 27 September, with the modernised design giving more punch and performance. As well as being a patrol vessel in peacetime, it can turn into a combat vessel in wartime, and the RTN requires two more such vessels to fulfil its six-OPV requirement.

Adm Luechai Rutdit, Commander-in-Chief of the RTN, presided over the acceptance ceremony of HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan, which will serve in the Patrol Squadron. Its total cost is $187 million.

The key differences between OPV predecessors HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan and Krabi are Harpoon Block II anti-ship

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Sompong, a Thai national living in Bangkok, is a fulltime photojournalist and editor of the …

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